Spiced Belgian Endive and Sweet Potato

This is a simple recipe that requires a mere modicum of effort yet yields palatial results.  How can anyone argue with such a thing?  It’s an elegant vegetable side dish or a warm salad that inherently shines on a fall or winter menu.  If you’re making this toward the end of the season, I would recommend replacing the green beans with some toasted pecans; a perfectly cogent move.  Or just add both if in season.  I promise it will only add a distinct and familiar richness to the dish.

 

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It’s wildly complex and flavorful and not to mention, it’s also crazy amounts of healthy and easy, if you’re into that sort of thing…today.   I would serve this alongside a lentil dish for dinner or as I did today, eat it alone for lunch as a hot salad.    The acidity of the lime, the natural sugar of the sweet potato balanced by a pinch of cayenne and the light bitterness of the endive topped with the freshness of the cilantro and crisp sweet green beans, all braised in a spiced vegetable stock.  It’s empirically delicious

Coming soon: Our trip to Vermont!

 

Spiced Belgian Endive and Sweet Potato

Recipe level: Easy

Serves: 2-4

  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • three cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 lime’s juice and zest
  • 3 Belgian endive, sliced in half lengthwise then into quarters
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into sticks
  • garam masala, to taste
  • pinch of cayenne (optional, to taste)
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • garnish: cilantro, chopped raw green beans and/or toasted pecans
  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat add onion, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, lime juice and zest and stock.
  2. Bring to a simmer and add endive and sweet potatoes.
  3. Increase heat to medium high and season with garam masala, salt and pepper and cayenne (if desired) to taste.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Spiced Belgian Endive and Sweet Potato

  1. We love Belgian endive and how creative this dish is! I love the use of garam masala and cayenne pepper. Thanks for a new Belgian endive recipe!

  2. Kate, I love recipes that “surprise” and this one fits the bill. What a beautiful salad or side dish! I also liked your suggestion to serve it with lentils. Simply fantastic!

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